First Tracks :: Friday Five
First tracks of albums are important. Like first lines in a film, and the first sentence of a book, it is what sets the tone and pulls us in, whether its into a story, a plot, or in this case, an entire album. It is the introductory, instrumental and an integral part of the listening experience. First songs are often what I fall for first on an album, and the best of the best stick with me forever.
So, welcome to this week’s Friday Five where I’ll countdown my five favorite first tracks.
And, as a bonus, and because I’m terrible sometimes at choosing, I’ve included a playlist at the end of first tracks curated “for your (listening) pleasure”.
Bonus playlist to follow in later post…
1. Life on a Chain :: Pete Yorn
from the album, musicforthemorningafter
“I was alone,
you were just around the corner from me.”
2. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) :: Arcade Fire
from the album, Funeral
“Then I’ll dig a tunnel
from my window to yours,
a tunnel from my window
3. Spark :: Tori Amos
from the album, From the Choirgirl Hotel
“You say you don’t want it,
again and again,
but you don’t really mean it.”
4. Great Big No :: The Lemonheads
from the album, Come On Feel the Lemonheads
“Lover don’t turn your head,
just let me walk away.”
5. Vertigo :: The Libertines
from the album, Up the Bracket
“The rapture of vertigo,
and letting go.
Me myself I was never sure
was it the liquor
or was it my soul?”